2016 – 2017 Season
On the Margins

Joining the world-wide 500th anniversary commemorations of the creation in Venice of the world’s first ghetto, our eighth season explores the musical worlds shaped by ancestors and descendents of exiles. From Rossi to Shylock, from Troubador to Dowland, we glimpse at fault lines of acceptance refracted through the prism of music.


We invite you to join us on a journey through time and a trip through venues, from Ghetto to Cappella, from Opera House to Souk, from Salon to Sanctuary.

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Past events this season
Friday, October 28th

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street
between 1st and York Avenues

Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano

Kenneth Merrill, fortepiano

with William Ferguson, tenor


"Fearlessly focused, Ms. Ringle sounded mellow and melancholy, her mezzo taking on an otherworldly luminousness in “Au cimetière” and a poignant richness in “L’île inconnue.” – The New York Times

The glittering salons of mid-19th century Paris played host to several Jewish composers who enjoyed dizzying success at the nearby Opéra Comique before falling into disfavor as targets of Richard Wagner's antisemitic screeds. Fromental Halévy, Giacomo Meyerbeer, and Jacques Offenbach, among others penned songs that were enjoyed by friends and patrons alike in private gatherings far away from the operatic stages.


Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle joins fortepianist Kenneth Merrill in our season opener concert, distilling the public splendor of the opera house for the private intimacy of the recital.

Special thanks to Klavierhaus for the use of their restored 19th century Pleyel for this performance.

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Wednesday, November 30th 7:00pm

The Harvard Club of New York
35 West 44th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues
Works of Holborne, Byrd, and the great John Dowland, a Catholic exile from the Protestant court of Elizabeth I, form this program to be performed by "Living Legend" Hopkinson Smith, as a benefit event for Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. 

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Sunday, December 11th 7:00pm

The Bernie Wohl Theater 
Goddard Riverside Community Center
647 Columbus Avenue between 91st and 92nd Street
Ezra Knight is Shylock in The Floor of Heaven
Starring Ezra Knight as Shylock


Ayo Haines, Kate Grimes, David Arrow, and Gabriel Sloyer

and musicians

Jessica Gould, Soprano
Nicholas Tamagna, Countertenor
Christopher Morrongiello, Renaissance Lute

Erica Gould and Deborah Houston, Co-Directors
Script and Dramaturgy by Erica Gould

Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is poised between two Empires – The Sceptered Isle and La Serenissima. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Venetian ghetto, The Floor of Heaven interweaves moments from Shakespeare's complex and revolutionary text with the play's original music and songs from the English-Venetian soundscape that Shakespeare's characters would have played and heard.   

Acclaimed musicians soprano Jessica Gould, countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, and lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, educated at Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music, collaborate with a cast of actors, and directors Erica Gould and Deborah Houston to create a dynamic reflection on Shylock's Venice.

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Medieval Music in the Vatican Library
A Special Lecture and Demonstration by Corina Marti of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Wednesday, January 11th 6:00pm

The Auditorium of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
24 West 12th Street

Free Admission

Corina Marti, multi-instrumentalist, faculty member of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and co-Artistic Director of Ensemble La Morra, opens a window onto the seldom viewed musical holdings of the Vatican Library, including selections to be performed in the January 12th concert, with musical demonstrations on the double flute, recorder, and clavisymbalum. Please join us for this special educational event, made possible by NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.

Thursday, January 12th 

The Sanctuary of Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park South

Click to read a related interview with Salon/Sanctuary Concerts' Artistic Director Jessica Gould, 

How Klezmer Music Refutes Richard Wagner’s Myth of Racial Purity in The Forward.

Corina Marti, recorders & clavisymbalum

Ivo Haun, tenor

Ayelet Karni, recorders

Christa Patton, harp


The nationalist German culture that cherished Richard Wagner as a prophet of national identity saw the imagined Teutonic past enshrined in his operas as blueprints for the future. Yet the time and place that birthed the Aryan icon Meistersinger was also the source of an international, racial, and cultural hybrid which evolved into the quintessentially Jewish popular musical form known as Klezmer.


An ensemble of Israeli, Swiss, Slovak, Brazilian, and American artists offer a unique program of medieval repertoire from Germany, Poland, France, Bohemia, and the Middle East – distinctive national styles that entwined over centuries and emerged as an iconic soundscape of Ashkenazi Jewry.

Members of Brotherhood Synagogue, please call (212) 674- 5750 for special discount code

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Thursday, February 16th 8:00pm
The Chapel of Temple Emanu-El
1 East 65th Street

Presented in conjunction with 
the La Serenissima Festival of Carnegie Hall
and in partnership with NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Streicker Center of Temple Emanu-El
Jessica Gould, soprano & Noa Frenkel, contralto
Diego Cantalupi, theorbo
James Waldo, viola da gamba
Davide Pozzi, harpsichord and organ

Most recently presented at the Teatro all'Antica di Sabbioneta and the Great Synagogue of Florence, Italy, we are honored to partner with Carnegie Hall's La Serenissima Festival, the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center, and NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò in presenting the third annual New York performance of From Ghetto to Cappella, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the creation of the Venetian Ghetto. 

While the Inquisition raged throughout Counter-Reformation Italy, the ghetto walls that separated Gentile from Jew were more porous than impenetrable. A lively dialogue between Jewish and Catholic musical cultures traversed the forbidding walls and enriched the music of both Synagogue and Sanctuary at a time of great oppression.

Works of Benedetto Marcello, Francesco Durante, Barbara Strozzi, Salomone Rossi, and unaccompanied Hebrew chants attest to a vibrant conversation, as do selections from the 1759 Hebrew libretto of Handel's Esther, commissioned by the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the year of the composer's death.

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Monday, March 13th 8:00pm

The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street between 1st and York Avenues
Caspar David Friedrich, Sunset

Jessica Gould, soprano

Eric Hoeprich, clarinet

Diego Cantalupi, early romantic guitar

Christoph Hammer, fortepiano


In 1797 the walls of the Venetian Ghetto came tumbling down on orders of Napoleon. Bonaparte's favorite composer, Domenico Maria Puccini, the grandfather of Giacomo and Mozart’s contemporary, receives an American premiere of his precociously bel canto Sei Canzonette. His Czech coeval, Jan Ladislav Dussek, looks back rather than forward, penning a pianistic ode to a decapitated French Queen in The Sufferings of the Queen of France.

Works of Meyerbeer and Weber paint a pre-Romantic bucolic idyll, while a proto-Wagnerian song cycle by Louis Spohr caps off a program that stands on the ruins of the ghetto, looking forward into a Brave New World of dubious liberation.

Tickets $20/$30/$50/$100

Complimentary tickets for members of NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò. Please call (212) 998-3862 for special code for Casa members.

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Thursday, May 11th

The Sanctuary of Brotherhood Synagogue
28 Gramercy Park South

Members of Hesperus

Tina Chancey and John Mark Rozendaal, viols

Webb Wiggins, harpsichord

Who was the mysterious Mlle. Levi, whose pardessus playing took Paris by storm in 1745? Thought to come from either Rouen, Rennes or Rheims, she burst upon the Concerts Spirituels, a complete unknown, performed there an unprecedented five times in three years, only to disappear then reemerge in the Mercure Galant in 1783, advertising for pupils. Her salon sparked interest in the most fashionable music of her time, aiding the careers of her peers while she vanished into the shadows. 

This concert features music by Mlle. Levi’s friends and contemporaries, composers such as Leclair, Marais, Forqueray, Rebel and Couperin, performed by members of the award-winning ensemble Hesperus.

Members of Brotherhood Synagogue, please call (212) 674- 5750 for special discount code

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